Artist Pete Collom plans to usher out March with a creative push. The artist, who is known locally for his edgy seascapes, will be teaching the tricks of the trade at two local paint nights.

Tonight, Collom will be at Hop Dogma Brewing Co. where the focus will be on a painting with a cold pint nestled at the end of a rainbow like a pot of gold. 

“For winter, I like to keep the colors cool,” said Collom. “For spring and summer, we do a little warmer. 

“We’re going to be painting a light blue sky or amber sky. We’re going to do green rolling hills, kind of like Ireland,” he continued. “Depending on where you take the class, we will have a pint of beer or a glass of wine at the end of the rainbow.” 

Although Collom does most of his work using oil paint, he plans to use acrylics as a teaching tool. 

“With acrylics, everything is fixable, because it’s forgivable,” he said. “I plan on only using two brushes in the classes; one for blending and one for getting a fine line. 

“We will be focusing on basic painting techniques, including rolling the brush against the canvas to get a fine line as well as using sponges for texture and patterns,” he added. 

Although he is setting his students up for success, Collom feels that most people are pleasantly surprised by their level of artistic ability. 

“I try to make the subjects just hard enough to push the students a little bit,” he said. “If you push people a little bit, they can surprise themselves. It’s the idea of going out of their comfort zone that’s important.”  

Hop Dogma will be hosting its first paint night from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Hop Dogma, 270 Capistrano Road, Princeton. Space is limited. Tickets cost $30 and include all supplies. To participate, call Hop Dogma, (650) 560-8729. 

Paint Night on Main Street is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at Vinoteca, 330 Main St., Half Moon Bay. To RSVP, search “Paint Night on Main Street” at Eventbrite.com.

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